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Chelsea midfielder Jorginho has completed more passes (677), made more interceptions (20) and won the joint-highest number of tackles (25) than any other player in the Chelsea squad.
Despite his struggles at Chelsea last season under Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted he has always loved Jorginho’s bravery and desire to always get on the ball.
“I’ve got to say, I watched him in a lot of the games in the run-in last year – I know he had a bit of a tough time – but I was really struck by his bravery on the ball. He always wanted it,” Lampard told Soccer AM.
“I was excited to work with him, and from day one in pre-season, we had a possession game, it was clear his ability on the ball.
“What’s become even clearer since then, his attitude and what he does with the group, he’s driven. That’s why I’ve made him vice-captain. He’s one of those infectious players, he cajoles players on the pitch, before the game. I’ve loved to see the fans’ reaction to him.
“One thing a fan will always do – and I’m a fan – is that when you see someone giving everything, passion, drive, they will always react to that. You’ve seen that with Jorginho.”